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Fuel filler cap turns but does not come out. Any ideas?


We used to have a lot of trouble in the early days of that type of fuel cap. Previous types of locking fuel cap invariably had a simple bolt that emerged from the cap when locked which engaged onto the bayonet at the top of the filler neck.

The type of cap that has a clutch that disengages when locked so the cap spins freely was added security against fuel theft when the price of fuel began to exceed the price of beer - as if a determined thief would be stopped by any sort of fuel cap...

It is true this type of cap is harder to overcome than the previous type. Getting rough with it and levering it off is likely to cause more damage to the filler neck and because it is fuel only hand tools can be used for safety reasons. Mostly failure of the mechanism seems to be caused by the ingress of weather and dirt rather than breakages.

The only constructive advice I can offer is lots of patience. Using a propriety penetrating oil keep applying it copiously through the keyhole, gently tapping atop and around the cap and then applying compressed air through the keyhole and around. Put the key in and move to the locked postion and repeat as many times as required alternating between locked and unlocked.
It has sometimes taken an hour but only once have I needed to resort to harsher measures since those caps arrived here in 1980.

Periodically spraying a quality lubricant into the locks prevents this sort of trouble. I use a spray PTFE/silicone grease.

May 02, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Saab troubleshoot


The central lock system won't exactly lock the fuel "cap" but it does have an actuator that extends to prevent the fuel door from opening when the doors are locked. Easy to test, as long as that's working then you're lucky enough to not have to bother with a locking gas cap & more keys!
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Jun 29, 2014 | 2008 Saab 9-3

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Drivers door and fuel cap not locking with central locking have to lock door with key also fuel cap does not lock all other doors lock and open with central locking drivers door opens with central locking


Hello Alan,

I would suspect the fuel flap actuator has failed. Open the trunk. In the right rear corner is the access cover. Open it and you'll see some insulation matting near the top. Behind it is a fuse/relay carrier, I believe either fuse 55 or 56 is blown. If so the fuel flap actuator needs replaced. The fuse also controls the central locking system.

Apr 26, 2011 | BMW 318 Cars & Trucks

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My problem is a come and go thing. At times i can get no more than 50 mph when this has happened I have noticed when I remove the fuel cap theres is a lot of pressure released or it is air taken in. It is...


The tank breather is blocked.
The tank needs outside air to enter as the fuel is pumped out, if this is not happening, the tank is pulled into negative pressure and this will prevent the fuel from being drawn at the correct rate.
The tank vent is a pipe from the tank which is then usually attached to the chassis and nothing else. It may have some form of vapour lock on the end to prevent gas fumes from escaping and forming a fire risk. This is the pipe that is blocked or the vapour lock is blocked. Locate it and remove it to clean it but DONT leave the vapour lock off the pipe when you refit it..
Some fuel tanks are vented through the fuel cap and don't have this pipe so check and make sure that the correct cap is fitted. You can also drill a very small hole through the top of the cap which may allow air to enter the tank although this is not advisable as there would be no vapour lock.

Jan 21, 2011 | Dodge Ram 3500 Cars & Trucks

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I have a sign says "check fuel cap " what is that mean ,should i take to the dealer


remove fuel cap and reinstall it, tighten for 3 clicks your PCM recognized a small leak in your fuel system usually caused by a loose fuel cap. If the problem persists replace the fuel cap

Jan 01, 2011 | Honda Odyssey Cars & Trucks

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Just bout a used '02 vmax. I put stock seat back on. Now the release for the gas tank is not working. Any takers on how to get it off to look at what is going on?


From Orig Owners Manual on how-to :
Read carefully and hope it helps.

Fuel tank cap
To remove the fuel tank cap
1. Push the levers on the left and
right side of the rider seat backrest
as shown and slide the rider seat
backrest forward.
2. Insert the key into the lock, and
then turn it 1/4 turn clockwise. The
lock will be released and the fuel
tank cap can be opened
To install the fuel tank cap
1. Insert the fuel tank cap into the
tank opening with the key inserted
in the lock.
2. Turn the key counterclockwise,
and then remove it.
3. Slide the rider seat backrest rearward
and push it down.
NOTE: @
The fuel tank cap cannot be installed
unless the key is in the lock. In addition,
the key cannot be removed if the cap is
not properly installed and locked

To install the rider seat
1. Insert the projection on the front of
the rider seat into the seat holder
as shown.
2. Place the rider seat in the original
position, and then tighten the bolts
and screws.
NOTE: @
Make sure that the seat is properly secured
before riding.
@
3. Return the rider seat backrest to
the original position

Mar 22, 2010 | 2002 Yamaha V-Max

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I need a locking fuel cap for my 2000 xj8?


The door to access the fuel filler compartment locks as part of the central locking system. If it is working properly, the fuel door is locked whenever the car doors are locked. However, if it doesn't lock when you lock the car, and you don't want to repair the central locking system (or part thereof), you will have to buy an aftermarket locking gas cap, since Jaguar doesn't offer one. You can find aftermarket gas caps at many online stores and catalog stores such as J.C. Whitney. Good luck.

Feb 17, 2010 | 1998 Jaguar XJ8L

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My check engine light came on and when i pushed my onstar button it said something about my gas cap. do you know what it may be? i did just put a locking one on my car


Your fuel system is a sealed system and part of the emission system also.If the gas cap is not tight or the seal has gone bad on the cap it will set a light.

Nov 10, 2009 | 2006 Saturn ION

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Blinking dash light


it must be leaking vapors out the cap. Is it a Ford cap or after market? You can't have ANY fuel vapor escaping through the filler pipe.

Apr 12, 2009 | 2006 Lincoln Zephyr

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